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    Bridal Ninja WIP- Finished

    Okay, so here is my basic layout for this image.

    Her costume will be a bridal gown themed ninja outfit. She's supposed to be leaping down from the rafters of a church to kill someone.

    At this point I'd like general comments on her proportions and the composition as a whole. Her pose and proportions are meant to be slightly exaggerated. The current plan it to have the background in black and white and her in color.
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    The pose is dramatic and the composition is strong, but the arms aren't doing as much for me. The right seems to be posed a bit unnaturally, though it is harder to tell in silhouette, and the left just seems to be hanging out there a bit. Overall I get the impression that the woman is simply jumping with a sword, not going in for a big chop. Pulling the arms down further and adding more of a bend would be beneficial, I think. Otherwise it's looking great, the left foot isn't quite working for me, but I'm sure you'll tighten that up as you continue to work on it, but the flow of the body in general is very good.
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    Now that I've finally finished my Orc pic, I've resumed work on this concept. Starting to flesh out some details. I think her shoulders are a bit off, so I gotta see if I can get my wife to pose for that later...
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    This looks like it will be cool. Is there going to be a lot of counterlighting from the stained glass? It will be pretty dramatic and colorful! Looking forward to this!
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    Thanks Klaw. Yes, there are essentially 3 light sources. A golden light from the lower left, blue and red from the front stained glass, and a very minor blue and red form the rear stained glass. (The blue and red is if I can't think of a scene to depict in the glass, in which case the scene will determine the coloration.)

    I currently have two different color plans I'm considering.
    1. The figure and her clothing are the only thing with color, everything else is greyscale.
    2. Same as 1, but the stained glass also gets coloration.
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    More general work and blocking in. I'm trying to get a better understanding of the forms and lighting before I go into any details.
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    Her shoulders feel dislocated.
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    Well, I was going for an exaggerated pose, but maybe I went a little too far with the shoulders. I'll certainly play around with adjusting them and see how it looks.
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    From what I can vaguely remember from the beginnings of that orc "man hunter" image you were doing I'd say this one does INDEED have a much better understanding of form and light. Much cleaner and more precise, I think.

    That said I'm having a hard time with the composition, actually. I don't get a sense of movement because I really don't know where she's going. She fits pretty much evenly in the center of the composition and the only direction I can see is down... so it looks like she's falling down. Does that make sense?

    A little more room on your right and you could begin to add hints of someone turning in surprise or something.

    I just noticed it's a sketchup model. Nice. Ain't that fun?

    Now I wanna go do an interior sketchup model to use...

    Haha. Good luck with this, I look forward to your progress.
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    I played around with the composition for about an hour, and couldn't really come up with anything I liked more then where it was. I did end up elongating the frame, shifting her slightly to the left (opening up the right a bit more for the sake of 'movement') and messing with her pose slightly. The arms are just roughed in at this point. I think I'll start cleaning this up as a base later tonight and maybe start in on the details and fruffy-ness tomorrow.
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    The breasts really don't look like the arms are being raised over the head. Even with rather large implants, I think the breasts would be flatter, more separated, and (this can depend on the person) the nipples higher and pointing up a tad. I think that if this lady was real, she would be falling out of a dress of that cut, however, I don't really know where you're going with the outfit, and it could be made out of clingy ninja material. Hope that helps.
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    Thanks. I'll see what I can do about adjusting the breast shape a bit, I thought it looked funny to me.

    As for her popping out, we're going with the 'everything just kind of stays where it should' suspension of disbelief model.
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    Cool idea, but as Quigleyer said, I'm having a bit of trouble picturing the movement. Her lower body seems to be pushing her to the side, but her upper body is straight up and down. Her left arm doesn't appear to be connecting to her shoulder in the right place, even if exaggerated. It might be the way her elbows are pointing that's messing with the line of action.
    I like the style and look of it. I think you've mixed the two worlds nicely.
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